PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: GRAHAM DUFF

Photo (c) Xavier Itter.   SONGS A Mutual Friend – Wire I Can’t Swim (I Have Nightmares) – Ludus Sleepwalker’s Woman – Scott Walker Atomic Little Thing – Family of God Weather Report 2 – The Fall Big Sex II – The Anti Group Just a Minute – Faye Wong The Universe Is A Haunted…

Bullman The Bulldog by Paul D. Brazill

One of British television’s great creations, George Bulman first appeared on the small screen in 1976, in Granada Television’s hard edged crime series, The XYY Man, based on the books by Kenneth Royce. The XYY Man in question was a cat burglar called Spider Scott who was trying to go straight but regularly ended up getting…

Failing Better: Brit Grit Comedy by Paul D. Brazill

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!” – Charlie Chaplin “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’” – Samuel Becket. As Chaplin showed, there has always been a dark aspect to…

Carry On Crime by Paul D. Brazill

It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, but there was always something a bit rough around the edges about the…

Fiction Extract: Head by Vincent Zandri

Fucking Chuck. Charles. Chuckles. He’s a pisser, let me tell you. Especially when he gets drinking the Jamie. Jameson that is. He’s a nut for it, and it brings out the devil in him. So, that night at Lanies Bar, he thought it would be funny to head outside in the cold and draw a…

Stone Me, What A Life! – Tony Hancock by Paul D. Brazill

They say that all small boys are influenced by their big brother’s music collection, and while that may well be true of me, I was also influenced by my family’s taste in other forms of entertainment.  Luckily I grew up in a time when television and radio weren’t as youth focused as they are now…